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Emily Harris Preyer Collection

Identifier: WV 0065

Content Description

The collection includes an oral history transcript, 19 April 1999; 2 photographs of Preyer; a copy of newspaper article, 12 January 1989; a desk nameplate; a khaki overcoat.


  • 1944-1999


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Biographical / Historical

Emily Harris Preyer (1919-1999) of Greensboro, North Carolina, served with the Red Cross in Australia from 1943 to 1945.

Emily Harris Preyer was born on 16 October 1919 in Reidsville, North Carolina. She grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, and graduated from Greensboro Senior High School. She double-majored in English and French at the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). After graduating in 1939, Preyer went directly to graduate school in English literature at the University of Virginia.

In 1942, she taught German, French, and Spanish at a school in Charlotte, North Carolina. Preyer joined the Red Cross in 1943. She had two months of training in Washington, D.C., before being sent to Brisbane, Australia. After several months in Brisbane, she went briefly to Subic Bay, Philippines, in 1944 before her final duty station in Perth, Australia. Preyer remained with the Red Cross in Perth until 1945.

She returned to the United States and married L. Richardson Preyer, who later served as a United States Congressman and federal judge. She also continued to be involved with the Greensboro chapter of the American Red Cross. Emily Preyer died on 12 December 1999.


3.21 Linear Feet (2 folders, artifact, and coat )

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  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

Condition Description

The collection is good.

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Processed by Matthew McCarthy.

Emily Harris Preyer Collection
Matthew McCarthy
2022 June
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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US